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originalnickname
Mar 9, 2005

tree


BGrifter posted:

I really need to work up the give-a-gently caress to switch to TekSavvy or something.

But I’m stressed to the max working in unsafe conditions during a pandemic so Shaw gets their $100 each month just because I’m constantly overwhelmed. TekSavvy is still $90/month for slower service, but at least I’d feel a little better giving them money I guess.

2021 sucks.

Sadly, you'd still be giving Shaw money since TekSavvy is paying Shaw. So I guess at least you'd be giving them slightly less money?

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BGrifter
Mar 16, 2007

#1 CAPITALS FAN
Available on the App Store


originalnickname posted:

Sadly, you'd still be giving Shaw money since TekSavvy is paying Shaw. So I guess at least you'd be giving them slightly less money?

Probably as good as it gets.

ChickenWing
Jul 22, 2010



It's better because, while some of your money is always going to go to a terrible ISP (unless you're on new fiber), at least with Teksavvy a non-zero amount of it is going towards lobbying for better internet

mewse
May 2, 2006




I was on a black friday plan with shaw for 300 mbit / $60/mo - the 2yr valueplan ended and the price shot up from $60 to $104.. so I switched to teksavvy 150 mbit for $80/mo.

While cancelling Shaw yesterday via web chat they offered $70 for the 300 plan, which would have been useful before I had switched.

Shumagorath
Jun 5, 2001


When they roll out the sweet deals after you've already cancelled, I ask if they'll credit me the discount retroactively since I was clearly being overcharged.

mewse
May 2, 2006




I was pretty irked. I'll try to remember this for down the road to tell them I'm about to cancel via web chat and see what happens.

Has anyone heard stuff about star link in rural areas? I have a colleague out in the sticks who says she's hearing it's better than xplornet radio/satellite

e: $800 equipment fee apparently?!

unknown
Nov 16, 2002
Ain't got no stinking title yet!




Yeah, you buy the gear upfront, and it's power hungry (~100w). There's micro-outages throughout the day (basically not enough satellites/downlinks - hence why it's "beta"), but generally decent speeds when working. Trees can be annoying too.

Also, it's area-locked, so basically only good for the area you register with - you can't buy one from someone and take it to your location to use.

Someone's mini review from Ontario posted:

Well, after working from home via VPN for a day on my Starlink, I can say it's not perfect.

I experienced frequent, brief interruptions. The Starlink app is fantastic for tracking the interruptions though. Some of them are from obstructions, and that's on me, but about 50-60% of them are "Beta Downtime" which is understandable for a beta product. The interruptions are mostly very brief, so it just causes a slight hang up for my remote desktop, but sometimes they are a few seconds, which is long enough to cause my remote desktop to lose it's connection momenetarily, which is annoying. But again, some of the longer interruptions are due to stacking of interruptions and beta downtime, so again, that's not entirely the fault of the service. To put some numbers to it, in a rough stretch, in 12 hours, I experienced 4 minutes obstructed, 35 seconds no satellites, and 6 minutes of beta downtime. Considering the interruptions are most typically 1-4 seconds long, that's quite a lot of interruptions.

In addition to VPN / remote desktop, these interruptions are also annoying for voice / video calls, as the audio cuts out for a second or three, which makes communication more challenging.

Finally, it's a very minor annoyance for web browsing, and of little to no concern with streaming of non-live content, due to there being a buffer.

So, what I've learned, is that the service is more sensitive to tree obstructions that I was hoping. I may have to mount up higher, but I remain somewhat concerned about icicle build up in the winter. Additionally, I've realized that getting in on the beta is fantastic, but it is still in the beta phase, and not fully polished yet.

Nitr0
Aug 17, 2005

IT'S FREE REAL ESTATE


$1000 once you get it installed upfront. $150 a month for service. Paid to rich billionaire Americans for outages and ok speeds to be part of the “beta”

infernal machines
Oct 11, 2012

authorized representative of tarsier-ashpool


You have to love the whole "constantly drops connection for very obvious reasons, but we hope to resolve that by having 40 000 birds in the sky"

Nitr0
Aug 17, 2005

IT'S FREE REAL ESTATE


You know what you signed up for, just give us more money and we’re gonna launch more garbage in the skies in an attempt to make our company invaluable and when it doesn’t work we’ll have the us government keep us afloat or launch an ipo and say we’re doing 10Gb/s in 3. Years once we have 100000 sats in the air and gently caress you.

BGrifter
Mar 16, 2007

#1 CAPITALS FAN
Available on the App Store


So many satellites Elon will have one hand deliver your internets like a robot postman.

shadow puppet of a
Jan 10, 2007

NO TENGO SCORPIO



If Elon can deliver high speed internet pornography to the good people of Giblin island Ontario then I don't see how his plan is all bad.

Nitr0
Aug 17, 2005

IT'S FREE REAL ESTATE


shadow puppet of a posted:

If Elon can deliver high speed internet pornography to the good people of Giblin island Ontario then I don't see how his plan is all bad.

All porn is replaced with Elon’s fat head

Mister Facetious
Apr 21, 2007


You're Goddamned right I support Medicare for all.







Nitr0 posted:

All porn is replaced with *BUFFERING...*

*BUFFERING...*

*BUFFERING...*

*Error 504: Connection to stream has been lost.*

Chris Knight
Jun 5, 2002

And I'm only saying this because I care.

There are a lot of decaffeinated brands on the market today that are just as tasty as the real thing.




Fun Shoe

Love the service though

Vintersorg
Mar 3, 2004

PRESIDENT OF THE OFFICIAL BRENDAN FRASER FAN CLUB





Like the good old days waiting for a single image to load up then it craps out and you get garbage data.

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011






I'm moving into a brand new condo building on Saturday that has PureFibre but I'm six months into a two year Shaw contract for gigabit down/125 up that's really more like 700 down/100 up. Telus keeps calling my cell and I keep ignoring it. Next time they do I should tell them I'll switch if they pay my Shaw cancellation fees. Anyone ever managed to get them to do something like that? I think it'd be $340 to get Shaw to gently caress off right now.

BGrifter
Mar 16, 2007

#1 CAPITALS FAN
Available on the App Store


They didn’t pay my cancellation fees, but I got a $300 bill credit and switched to 1gb fibre with Telus for $64/month for two years.

Jokes on them, I would have paid $300 extra to never do business with Shaw again. What a truly wretched company.

less than three
Aug 9, 2007





Fallen Rib

Kazinsal posted:

I'm moving into a brand new condo building on Saturday that has PureFibre but I'm six months into a two year Shaw contract for gigabit down/125 up that's really more like 700 down/100 up. Telus keeps calling my cell and I keep ignoring it. Next time they do I should tell them I'll switch if they pay my Shaw cancellation fees. Anyone ever managed to get them to do something like that? I think it'd be $340 to get Shaw to gently caress off right now.

If you're getting TV as well, their new customer promo is currently $400 prepaid card + $100 bill credit, before any special offers they might throw at you to sweeten the deal.

https://www.telus.com/en/deals-and-bundles/internet-tv-400-visa?intcmp=tcom_deals_tile_ffh_400visa

Telus also tends to offer free TV/Internet for 1 year in new condo buildings if they get an agreement from the builder, so check for that as well.

Chris Knight
Jun 5, 2002

And I'm only saying this because I care.

There are a lot of decaffeinated brands on the market today that are just as tasty as the real thing.




Fun Shoe

https://twitter.com/annaleen/status/1386424238144245762

BaronVanAwesome
Sep 11, 2001

I will never learn the secrets of "Increased fake female boar sp..."

Never say never, buddy.
Now you know.
Now we all know.



I hope that is the actual culprit in the photo

slidebite
Nov 6, 2005

Good egg


Tumbler Ridge is pretty much the archetype of a podunk town. Probably the most excitement they've had there in years and now that the internet is back up they can browse all the articles where it was mentioned so they have something to talk about.

also: Beavers are awesome

Tweeter99
Nov 8, 2016


Yeah, Tumbler Ridge is definitely a podunk town. I worked in the area for a summer job a few years ago. The grocery store was the worst I have seen to date. I would recommend sticking to the frozen/dry food since the bakery and produce sections frequently had multiple rotting items on the shelf. I'm certain the only reason they were able to stay in business was because it was the only grocery store in town and it was a minimum 1 hour one way drive to the next nearest grocery.

In 2019, they had another 15 minutes of fame when HBO hid a real world throne from Game of Thrones just outside of Tumbler Ridge. https://www.cnet.com/news/game-of-thrones-hid-real-thrones-around-the-world-and-all-6-have-been-found/

Goes to show how obscure/podunk Tumbler Ridge is when HBO looked at it and figured it's a great hiding place to put one of the six thrones out of all of the possible places in the world.

priznat
Jul 7, 2009

Let's get drunk and kiss each other all night.

I was actually surprised to hear people live in Tumbler Ridge, I thought it was turned into a ghost town when the coal mine (?) shut down. I remember stories that you could buy houses for $1 so I guess some folks took up on the offer.

Squibbles
Aug 24, 2000

Mwaha ha HA ha!

priznat posted:

I was actually surprised to hear people live in Tumbler Ridge, I thought it was turned into a ghost town when the coal mine (?) shut down. I remember stories that you could buy houses for $1 so I guess some folks took up on the offer.

I seem to remember they tried to turn it into a retirement/resort community after the mine shut down. But then they had huge issues with break-ins because a lot of the houses were sitting empty for more than half the year

Tagra
Apr 7, 2006

If you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.



priznat posted:

I was actually surprised to hear people live in Tumbler Ridge, I thought it was turned into a ghost town when the coal mine (?) shut down. I remember stories that you could buy houses for $1 so I guess some folks took up on the offer.

Shortly after that they discovered dinosaur tracks and rode the tourism wave to a form of stability. We visited and did a lot of the hikes there (which are fantastic, by the way). There's a lot of signs that are like "We found these tracks that are millions of years old but you can't really see them anymore because they're eroding so look at this picture of them instead ¯\_(ツ)_/¯". The timing of it all seems very suspicious but I suppose if you expose all the tracks they could erode away within 15 years.

I think the mine might be open again now too? It seemed like there was some kind of active mine operation going on that was visible from one of the hikes. Anyone who bought a house for a buck made a tidy profit.

RestingB1tchFace
Jul 3, 2016


Figured this would be a good place to bitch about Comcast/Xfinity getting rid of the Xfinity Connect app. Easy email access dedicated to Xfinity. They retired it with an inane explanation that they are striving to offer the best service available. I guess going through the phone browser to access email is better? Anyways....wanted to complain. Setup my email through outlook....but it was way better through the dedicated application.

Nitr0
Aug 17, 2005

IT'S FREE REAL ESTATE


When did Comcast come to Canada?

Nobody here knows wtf you’re talking about.

Nitr0 fucked around with this message at 15:47 on Apr 29, 2021

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StratGoatCom
Aug 6, 2019

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Should I go with Virgin or Teksavvy? I'm in guelph.

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